Cure SMA Funds $1.85 Million in New Research Grants in 2014-2015

Over the past few months, Cure SMA has announced a total of $1.85 million in new research funding. Our model is designed to fund both a breadth and a depth of projects, in order to continuing building up both a breadth and depth of programs in the drug pipeline. This includes funding for:

  • Basic research, to investigate the biology and cause of SMA, in order to identify the most effective strategies for drug discovery; and to develop tools that facilitate SMA research.
  • Drug discovery, to convert basic research ideas into practical new drug candidates.
  • Clinical research, to develop the tools to allow clinical trials to be conducted in all types and stages of SMA.
  • Clinical care, to understanding issues like breathing and nutrition that impact current quality of life for those affected by SMA.
  • 19th Annual SMA Researcher Meeting, to bring together the leading SMA scientists, clinicians, and drug developer together to develop SMA research strategies.

If you missed any of our funding announcements, catch up on them in our news section using the links below. Each announcement includes a profile of the researcher who is receiving the grant, and explains more about their projects and how they might benefit the SMA community.

Basic Research

Drug Discovery

Clinical Care

SMA Researcher Meeting

*The grants to Dr. Heatwole and Dr. Lowes, both of which deal with clinical trial outcome measures, were jointly funded by basic research and clinical research grant money.

We thank the following families and foundations for their generous contributions toward these grants: The Jacob Isaac Rappoport Foundation toward Drs. Custer, Sahin, Lotti, and Kaspar; The Miller McNeil Woodruff Foundation toward Drs. Lowes and Kaspar; The Michael and Chandra Rudd Foundation toward Drs. Kaspar and Schultz; The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Research Team toward Dr. Heatwole; FSMA Canada toward Dr. Lemay.

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